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Review - October 2014

Sure Pre-intermediate Student’s Book and Workbook

Martyn Hobbs and Julia Starr Keddle, Helbling Languages;


This twelve-unit general English coursebook contains some engaging and contemporary topics, such as endangered animals and the rescue of the trapped Chilean miners. There is a focus on both culture (including an inventive, one-page timeline history of the English language) and Clil, and an appropriately wide range of digital resources, including e-readers. Sure uses terms with a 21st century feel, such as ‘cloud book’, and ‘cyber homework’. I like the inclusion of a fifty-page integrated workbook. The book has a young adult feel, with busy pages, and seems successful in its aim to incorporate natural-sounding language. Worth investigation.